Looking for a new drinking hole or to have a heart to heart with a barman? We hear you. While we’re in this winter/spring limbo, mixing up your after work drinks venue could be a welcome change of scene and who knows? You might find a new favourite tipple! Take a walk on the wild side this August and try out one of these awesome bars in Sydney.
With the homeliness of being at your actual grandma’s digs and the naughtiness of sharing a tipple or two with your beloved nana, Grandma’s is a unique and quirky little bar. There’s knitting in the corner, jaffles served on floral plates and tiki-style rum cocktails served in odds and ends of mugs and cups. The eccentric space has already won a handful of awards and shows no signs of slowing down so make sure you swing by before it becomes too ‘mainstream’.
A family owned bar, built with literal blood, sweat and tears, this perfect little hideaway in Potts Point could be your new favourite place. They serve cocktails you didn’t even know you wanted, like The Parsons’s Mistress, a lethal combination of Belvedere, elderflower, gin, egg white and mint, and have a fantastic selection of Australian and New Zealand wines. Low lit and intimate, this would be a lovely location for a date.
If you’re not paying attention, you could easily miss this hidden speakeasy bar, so concentrate dammit! Lavishly kitted out with a well stocked bar, vintage style furnishings and a disco ball, Tatler has your whole evening sorted. Settle down in one of their comfy armchairs with a glass of vino or dance the night away with cocktail in hand at one of their legendary ‘house parties’. If you’re boozy and like to boogie, this will be your new favourite haunt.
Looking for a drinking hole with a casual vibe? Then head to Old Growler. With soft warm lights, chilled beats and an extensive craft beer and cocktail menu, it’s a great spot to grab a drink with a mate and have a catch up. Young Henrys is on tap alongside a regularly rotating selection of guest brews. If you’re after something stronger, Old Growler also has a pretty kick ass collection of cocktails on offer. From classics like Whiskey Sour and Negronis to unique mixes like a Kim Jong Un which consists of tequila, Cointreau, sugar syrup, lime juice, cucumber and passionfruit, you’ll no doubt find something great here to wet your whistle.
Perched on top of sister-joint Porteno, Gardel’s Bar has a lot of character. From the crystal cut glassware in which they serve their cocktails to the old world feel of the décor, you almost feel transported back in the time from the moment you enter. All their drinks have a fitting South American twist and even use Venezuelan rum and Mexican tequila (what else?) in their mixes. Sink into one of their sofas with a drink and a charcuterie board and while away an evening.
White Rabbit Charcuterie
Just as Alice followed the white rabbit to Wonderland, you too should follow your nose to this fabulous bar, café and eatery. Located on the corner of Hunter and O’Connell Street, from Hump Day to Friyay, you can head here for evening drinks and sample their very extensive global wine list (over 150 varietals!). If you’re looking for something stronger, one of their handsome barmen will be happy to mix you up a snazzy looking cocktail or two.
So close to the heart of King’s Cross, you can practically see the Coca-Cola billboard through the Goodwill Society's windows, this café and bar could not have a better location. They’ve been known to serve $10 Bloody Marys so grab a mate, head down in the evening, nab a seat on their alfresco terrace and sip on one of their perfectly prepared tipples. Your wallet will thank you for it later!
The Hive Bar
Any place that runs a BYO vinyl night is alright with us! This quirky little bar in the heart of Erskineville is big on sustainably sourced ingredients for its delicious food and intoxicating drinks so when you’re sipping on that bevvy, you know it’s come from a good place. If you’re big on craft beer, you won’t be disappointed as The Hive Bar has one of the biggest collection of brews around.
We all know that Fat Rupert’s brings its burger game. However, bartender Sam Duncan has been mixing up weird and wonderful things behind the bar and some of his creations are out of this world. Whether you want something to wash down their yummy grub with or are just after a libation or two, give their cocktail menu a moment of your time and we guarantee you’ll be impressed! On top of this, they’ve got plenty of vino, local beers and even fortified wines for you to try. There’s certainly more to this Bondi bar than meets the eye.
JB & Sons
JB & Sons is small but mighty. Specialising in tap beer, cocktails and, most importantly, burgers, this bar really does have the full package. Fancy a tinnie? No problem! Wintery cocktail? Of course! $100 bottle of champers? Woah Nelly, you’re set for a big night (but yes, they do have Lauren Perrier if it tickles your fancy!). If you’re trying to save your pennies, pop by on a Monday when they have happy hour prices all night.
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Image credit: Federica Portentoso at White Rabbit Charcuterie